Hydro-Wilderness, 2016

Hydro-Wilderness deals with the aesthetic and environmental implications of hydroelectric and water management infrastructures. This work documents the cultural and aesthetic integrities of both ecological and technological forces at play within the Australian environment in the form of a series of photographs centered on the infrastructural aspects of water management and hydroelectric facilities.

Building on previous work examining dams, both nationally and abroad, Williams visited locations such as Sydney’s Warragamba catchment, the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme and Victoria’s Kiewa Hydroelectric Scheme, interrogating each unique site within the medium of landscape photography. Each catchment area is treated as a site-specific studiy of the natural and organic aesthetic attributes of water and the peripheral spaces of containment – canals, dams and pipelines. The river becomes a compromised site whereby concrete, steel and mechanical elements convert unaltered river flow into a managed commodity, blurring the distinctions between public (wild) and private (urban) space.

 

Jindabyne Dam, Bryden Williams, 2016, archival pigment on Ilford pearl laminated on alupanel, 534mm x 356mm

Jindabyne Dam, Bryden Williams, 2016, archival pigment on Ilford pearl laminated on alupanel, 534mm x 356mm

Bogong High Plains Tank, Bryden Williams, 2016, archival pigment on Ilford pearl laminated on alupanel, 534mm x 356mm

Bogong High Plains Tank, Bryden Williams, 2016, archival pigment on Ilford pearl laminated on alupanel, 534mm x 356mm

Clover Dam, Bryden Williams, 2016, archival pigment on Ilford pearl laminated on alupanel, 356mm x 534mm

Clover Dam, Bryden Williams, 2016, archival pigment on Ilford pearl laminated on alupanel, 356mm x 534mm